Josh Harris has just revealed that the F/V Cornelia Marie has been fired from the long-running Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch. Josh Harris nor the F/V Cornelia Marie will be on Deadliest Catch Season 13. Harris, son of the late Captain Phil Harris, revealed this shocking news on his Facebook page using video. Why was Josh fired? Who is replacing the F/V Cornelia Marie on the show? What are Josh’s future plans?
Josh Harris thanked fans of the show and of the F/V Cornelia Marie and explained the delay in this announcement by apologizing that a family matter took him away for a few days. Josh then explained that he wanted to “set things straight” and announced that the F/V Cornelia Marie and the crew, including himself, will not be on Season 13 of Deadliest Catch.
Josh explained that the ship is now heading towards their fishing grounds now, minus a film crew. Harris emphasized how close the Discovery Channel film crew has been to the members of the crew, yet emphasized that this was not his decision that they will not be on Deadliest Catch. Josh also insisted that this was not about money. Josh says this is about the show’s ever-changing storyline and he respects that. Captain Harris also asks that no petitions be made. This decision is set in stone and will not be reversed. He did promise that there are some plans for some “amazing things” in the future and asked fans to look for these announcements on Facebook.
“Thank you to all for your patience. I had a family matter to attend to, so I have had to leave the boat to come home and take care of a few things.
“First and foremost, we want to thank everybody for all of your messages and wishes. The Cornelia Marie captains and crew really appreciate and are humbled by your outpouring of support.
“I am here today to set things straight in regards to the filming of Season 13 of Deadliest Catch. The Cornelie Marie and her crew are making their way out to the fishing grounds today. We do not have a camera crew aboard this king crab season. This was not our decision, and it was not made by the owners nor the captains of the Cornelia. This was not a dispute over money, this was simply a decision made by production Discovery. They have creative control over pretty much everything that airs on Deadliest Catch, and we respect that.
“We are fishermen and we will be doing what we love to do this king crab season, but we will be doing it alone. The film crew has been like a family to us, and their absence will weigh heavy in our hearts. It has been a pleasure to take you on my journey as I’ve grown — as a son, a grandson, a brother, a father, and a fisherman and a captain. Your support has meant the world to me and it’s been quite a ride having all of you right there by my side. You have been with me through some of the best times of my life, and you have been there for the absolute worst day of my life. I consider all of you part of my family, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“We will still be checking in with all of you right here on Facebook, and we still have plans on doing some other things that are real exciting in my near future. I personally have some new projects in the works [that] I am extremely excited about, and I hope all of you will continue to join us and watch me as they unfold.
“Thanks again for the love and support, and stay tuned. And, to make this not such a serious note — my dad always told me I could be an astronaut if I wanted to — Well, giddy up! It’s gonna happen man! So stay tuned, and you know, things will unfold.
“But, so no petitions are needed — none of that stuff. We love everybody and thank you very much to the world for watching me for the past decade here and we will be in touch, so keep in touch with our page and we’re going to do some amazing things!
“Peace and love to everybody, and we’ll talk to you guys soon in the near future. Bye!”
Fans of the show are bound to be heartbroken. Captain Phil was one of the legends of the show. Watching him work with both of his sons, the discovery of Jake’s addiction and then the collapse and death of Captain Phil gave fans of Deadliest Catch the reality of life fishing crab. Since Captain Phil’s death, Jake was on for a season and it appeared that he was still struggling with addiction. Meanwhile, Josh was learning everything he could to become a ship captain and make his late father proud.
In Deadliest Catch Season 12, Captain Josh Harris made tremendous strides in demonstrating skill in finding crab and in leadership that is required in being a captain. It is such a shock that the Discovery Channel does not want to continue following the F/V Cornelia Marie. Yet, it could be that the soft-spoken Harris is not as colorful as the emotional Captain Jake Anderson or the mercurial Captain Keith Colburn. Add the drama from Captain Sig Hansen’s heart attack on the F/V Northwestern that was shown on camera. There are now questions as to whether Captain Sig will return behind the helm of the F/V Northwestern, or if daughter Mandy will go behind the wheel or perhaps brother Edgar will become captain. All of this drama may mean that Josh’s storyline may just not be dramatic enough for the producers at the Discovery Channel.
So, what could be next for the F/V Cornelia Marie? Josh walking another bride down the isle? A F/V Cornelia Marie reality show? Who is to know? This will be very odd to not have a Harris on the Discovery Channel show. Long-time fans of the Deadliest Catch are sure to miss the reminder of Captain Phil in his ship and his son. This is a surely a chapter that closed unexpectedly.
Are you in shock that the F/V Cornelia Marie will not be on Deadliest Catch Season 13? Which are your favorite Deadliest Catch ships or captains?
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